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Brett Pollakoff

  1. Ricky Rubio may be back sooner than expected

    Nov 25, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    The Timberwolves started the season doing a pretty good job of fighting through the rash of injuries the team was dealing with, getting off to an unexpected 5-2 start. Since then, as more and more players were forced to miss time, and even with Kevin Love being back in the lineup, the wheels have started…

  2. Rashard Lewis suddenly out of the Heat’s rotation

    Nov 25, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Rashard Lewis

    Rashard Lewis began the season playing fairly well in Miami, perhaps even better than most expected. He was getting close to 20 minutes per game off the bench in the Heat’s first six games of the season, and filling in productively offensively in his time on the court. But since Miami has been at full…

  3. Mavericks broadcaster disgusted with Kobe’s one-legged Dirk shot in Dallas (VIDEO)

    Nov 25, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Kobe Bryant didn’t attempt a shot during the entire first quarter of the Lakers blowout win over the Mavericks on Saturday. When he did finally get a shot up early in the second, the fans in Dallas — or at least a member of the broadcast team — weren’t real happy with what they saw.…

  4. Reminder: Jeremy Lin likely to be voted in as an All-Star starter

    Nov 25, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Knicks Lin talks during a new conference before the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    This is not exactly breaking news, because (A) it hasn’t actually happened yet, and (B) it’s been widely speculated about since last season. But it is worth reminding you about nonetheless. When the NBA’s All-Star festivities descend on Houston in February, Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin is more than likely to appear in the mid-season…

  5. Thoughts and prayers with Kevin McHale and his family after the passing of their daughter

    Nov 25, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale has been away from the team since November 12, spending time with his family while dealing with the serious illness of his daughter. The organization announced today that she has passed away. Sasha McHale, 23, lost her battle with lupus, according to the Star Tribune. Here’s the official statement from…

  6. Pau Gasol playing through knee tendinitis

    Nov 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Gasol drives on Dallas Mavericks Murphy during their NBA game in Dallas

    Pau Gasol found himself on the bench for the fourth quarter of Friday’s loss to the Grizzlies, thanks to a lethargic and uninspired effort that was evident to anyone who was watching. He complained about his lack of post touches afterward, and talked about how getting those touches would help him get into a rhythm…

  7. Harrison Barnes destroys Nikola Pekovic with the vicious slam dunk (VIDEO)

    Nov 25, 2012, 8:30 AM EST

    Harrison Barnes

    You know this dunk from Harrison barnes on Nikola Pekovic is insane for a couple of reasons. One, your eyes just tell you so. Barnes cutting full speed to the basket, and David Lee hitting him in stride perfectly with the no-look pass before Barnes elevates and detonates (shout out to Tom Leander) on Pekovic…

  8. Lakers get back on track with 26-point destruction of Mavericks

    Nov 25, 2012, 12:50 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    This is how it’s supposed to happen. After a disappointing two-game stretch that had the Lakers questioning their roles and searching for answers, it took less than a full game in Dallas for the team to find its way. L.A. dominated from the start, and led by as many as 37 points on the way…

  9. Heat come from seven down in final two minutes to beat the Cavs

    Nov 24, 2012, 11:48 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Allen celebrates his game-winning basket against Cleveland Cavaliers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    The Cavaliers had no business being in this game with the Heat, in Miami, without the injured Kyrie Irving. But they weren’t only in it, they were on track to win it — until the final two minutes, when it all fell apart. The Heat beat Cleveland 110-108 on Saturday, but they waited until almost…

  10. Wizards fall to 0-11 after heartbreaking double-OT loss to Bobcats

    Nov 24, 2012, 11:02 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    It isn’t so much that the Wizards have yet to win a game this season. It’s that the losses seem to get more and more heartbreaking each and every time. Washington fell to 0-11 on Saturday, after taking Charlotte to double-overtime before eventually losing by a final of 108-106. Even though the Wizards were typically…

  11. Robin Lopez says Suns made a ‘fair offer’ to him in free agency, but needed a fresh start

    Nov 24, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

    Robin Lopez, Marcin Gortat

    The Robin Lopez era in Phoenix lasted four seasons, and had its ups and downs. But ultimately, when Lopez was a restricted free agent last summer, the Suns couldn’t come to an agreement to retain his services, so they worked out a sign-and-trade that sent Lopez to New Orleans. We’re only 11 games in, but…

  12. Tyson Chandler flagrantly fouls Omer Asik by elbowing him in the throat (VIDEO)

    Nov 24, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

    New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler reacts after drawing a foul and scoring a basket against the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    In the third quarter of the Knicks blowout loss in Houston on Friday, Tyson Chandler appeared to let his frustration get the best of him. After Omer Asik is called for an over-the-back foul while fighting Chandler for a rebound, Chandler clearly (and deliberately) swings his elbow at Asik, and hits him directly in the…

  13. Blake Griffin’s incredible block on Deron Williams in super-slow motion (VIDEO)

    Nov 24, 2012, 6:01 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Brooklyn Nets

    We showed you Blake Griffin‘s insane block on Deron WIlliams last night, because hey, that’s what we’re here for. But the NBA recognizes greatness, and has the cameras in place to give us a more special look at plays like this when they happen. This super-slow motion look at it makes it seem even more…

  14. Gordon Hayward hits the game-winner to drop the Kings (VIDEO)

    Nov 24, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Gordon Hayward

    The Kings led the Jazz by 13 points with eight and a half minutes to play, but funny things tend to happen in Utah, especially to a team that’s now 3-9 on the season with the worst record in the Western Conference. This game-ending play was one of them, as Gordon Hayward somehow finds himself…

  15. Pau Gasol benched in latest Lakers loss, wants more touches in the post

    Nov 24, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike D'Antoni

    The Lakers have lost two straight after winning their first with Mike D’Antoni in place on the sidelines, and in both of those games, the frontcourt combination of Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol was completely shut down. The home win over Brooklyn was solid, but the loss in Sacramento was embarrassing, and the loss in…

  16. Marc Gasol crosses himself while pleading his case to a referee (VIDEO)

    Nov 24, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Kenneth Faried, Marc Gasol

    Marc Gasol was called for a double-dribble violation late in the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies win over the Lakers on Friday. He swore he didn’t do it, but the replay showed otherwise, which is no big deal … except for the way he gestured to the referee while attempting to proclaim his innocence. Gasol…

  17. Lin’s Rockets put up 131 points in rout of Knicks

    Nov 24, 2012, 12:13 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Houston Rockets

    The Knicks were one of the pleasant surprises of the early season, getting out to an 8-1 start behind one of the league’s top defenses. But two games in a row they’ve had their opponent score at will — Dallas put up 114 in a win over New York on Wednesday, and the Rockets dropped…

  18. Lakers continue to struggle as they lose to league-best Grizzlies

    Nov 23, 2012, 11:37 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers players Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum sit on the bench shortly before their defeat by the Denver Nuggets in Denver

    Any spike in energy the Lakers benefited from after the team fired Mike Brown and replaced him with Mike D’Antoni seems to have been short-lived, and after a 106-98 loss in Memphis on Friday, it may now be gone altogether. No, the mere presence of D’Antoni patrolling the sidelines won’t be enough to fix the…

  19. All nine of Paul George’s three-pointers against the Hornets (VIDEO)

    Nov 23, 2012, 4:21 PM EST

    Paul George, Roy Hibbert

    Paul George had a monster night on Wednesday, pouring in 37 points and helping his team to a much-needed overtime victory over the Hornets. The majority of those points came from three-point distance, as George hit 9-of-13 from long range to just bury New Orleans in buckets. All nine can be seen in the video…

  20. D’Antoni says Steve Blake could return Tuesday

    Nov 23, 2012, 3:39 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant and Blake celebrate beating Denver Nuggets at their NBA Western Conference playoff in Los Angeles

    Point guard play has always been a source of consternation for Lakers fans, but the issues there were supposed to be all taken care of with the offseason acquisition of Steve Nash. Nash has missed the last 10 games with a non-displaced leg fracture, however, and while the majority of his time missed due to…

  21. Kendrick Perkins wants to guard Rajon Rondo when Thunder face the Celtics

    Nov 23, 2012, 3:01 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo Kendrick Perkins

    Plenty of story lines are in play when the Thunder face the Celtics, as they will Friday night in Boston, due to the 2010 deal between the two teams that saw Kendrick Perkins and Jeff Green trade places. Both players were thought at the time to be untouchable members of each team’s core, with Perkins…

  22. Report: Lakers show interest in Raja Bell

    Nov 23, 2012, 2:15 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant has long been interested in adding Raja Bell as a teammate. He tried to convince Bell to sign in Los Angeles back in 2010, but Bell chose to go with Utah instead. Now, with Bell’s former coach Mike D’Antoni holding down the head coaching job in Los Angeles, the team might be interested…

  23. Raymond Felton tired of Jeremy Lin comparisons

    Nov 23, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    The Knicks play the Rockets Friday night, and the matchup will mark the first time that Jeremy Lin will face his former team after making a name for himself in New York during the incredible but brief “Linsanity” run last season. When the Knicks didn’t match Houston’s free agent offer to Lin, and ended up…

  24. NBA says refs missed a call at the end of Raptors-Bobcats

    Nov 22, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors' Lowry questions a call by a referee during their NBA basketball game against Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte

    This doesn’t happen very often, so when it does, you know it was something egregious. The NBA released a statement saying that the officials missed a foul call at the end of the game between the Raptors and the Bobcats on Wednesday. Charlotte was leading by one, when the ball was inbounded to Andrea Bargnani.…

  25. Al Horford’s little brother reacts to a close-up look at a cheerleader, and it’s priceless (VIDEO)

    Nov 22, 2012, 3:04 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    The young man in the video clip above is the little brother of Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford, and even at his tender age, he already has a fascination with the ladies. The fun took place during Wednesday’s game between the Hawks and the Wizards. While initially distracted by the free candy (because hey, free…

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